NatCroMo Blog Tour

NatCroMo Blog Tour

Crochetville  Is having their yearly March Blog Tour.  Each day of March they feature Yarn Shops and Crochet Designers on their blog.  Where you will find awesome inspiration and pattern specials.  Do take some time and browse their blog to feast on all the yarnie goodness. I am honoured to be part of the Blog Tour.

 

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For the Glamping Theme I have this Hanging Basket Idea for you.  A neat and compact way to store goodies in your tent or caravan.  You can use my Merry Go Round Crochet Basket  free pattern.  Crochet three baskets with t-shirt yarn; or any bulky cotton; or use two or three strings of any dk yarn in your stash.  Crochet a long string of chains and attach/join the baskets.

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In today’s blog post I want to show you a few projects I made since December.  And then right at the end of this post you will find my NatCroMo Special.

First some news on where we live.  Last year we moved from Paternoster to Langebaan to be closer to the school.  We first rented a house and in December we moved into our own newly built house in Paradise Beach. Here you can see the sunset from our house.  We had lovely sunny days which we spent on the beach.  In January the teenagers went back to school and the little one started Grade One.  And now she is practicing her writing in the sand on the beach.

 

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A highlight in January was having my Snowflake Crochet Pattern featured in Ideas Magazine.  If you want the pattern, you can buy the magazine online from Zinio .

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Early in January I finished this HUGE floor cushion for my middle child.  It ended up 120 cm in diameter and 50 cm high. I used about 13 kg of t-shirt yarn and my 15 mm hook.  We filled it with foam chips.

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And in progress now, is a slightly smaller version for the six year old.

In February I was commissioned by Carle from Nurturing Fibres to design patterns for Creative Hobbies Magazine. Look out for these awesome home decor patterns in their June issue.

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I put a piece of calico fabric on Anya’s plastic ABC puzzle and then block my crochet piece with KnitPro T-Pins.IMG_2766

In February I made this beautiful basket.  You can find the free pattern and other home decor patterns via the Facebook page Yarn in a Barn CAL.

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And in between all my projects I play around with designs of my own.  I need to write up all these patterns, but find that very time consuming.

I also completed quite a few t-shirt yarn rug orders.  Let me show you  some of them.

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Then my eldest ordered a rug too.  I am using Patricia Kristoffersen’s famous Splendid Doily Pattern.  We are about 75% in to the pattern, but do not have enough of the t-shirt yarn to finish.  Argh.  Plan B is to bring in another colour.  Hope to finish this one soon.

And I’ve kept the best for last.  My Quandala Rug Pattern!

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For the next week you can download it for free.  Use the code “NatCroMo Blog Tour”.

This is the dates and times for the special:

Start date March 18, 2017 at 00:00
End date March 25, 2017 at 23:59

I’ve recently crocheted three rugs with this pattern.  My client wanted bright and colourful.

And I love this version by a crochet friend.  She used Tori (a bulky cotton/bamboo blend) by Vinnis Colours.

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I hope you enjoy the pattern if you do download it.  Do like (give it a pink heart) on Ravelry and tag us on Instagram if you upload your photo there. #quandalarug.

Quandala stands for Quick and Easy Mandala.  This is an easy pattern for first time rug makers.  And other than normal rug patterns out there, this one has a fabulous soft texture and feel.

Thank you for visiting.

Enjoy the rest of the March Crochet fun with NatCroMo.

 

 

pink doily t-shirt rug / pienk doily t-shirt mat

 

En hiermee uit-frieken-eindelik die doily mat patroon! Ek dink mos altyd ek kan gou in een aand ‘n patroontjie uitskryf. Vergeet partykere dat ek ‘n huis, man en drie kinders het! Hahaha! O! EN ‘n mat besigheid!

Hooray! At last! The doily rug pattern! I always think I can whip up the photo tut in one night! Seem to forget about the house, hubby and three children! Oh! AND a rug business!

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Steke gebruik:

 

ks = kettingsteek

kb = kortbeen

hlb = halwe langbeen

lb = langbeen

gs = glipsteek

V-steek = bestaan uit (1 lb, 2 ks, 1 lb). Let Wel !!! by party rondtes het die V-steke 3 ks tussen die langbene. die eerste V-steek van die rondte is altyd 3 ks wat tel as een langbeen.

rondtes word “toegemaak” met ‘n glipsteek in daai begin “3ks” se 3rde ks. Let Wel party rondtes word toegemaak deur ‘n glipsteek in die begin V.

 

Stitches used:

(US terminology)

 

ch = chain

sc = single crochet

hdc = half double crochet

dc = double crochet

ss = slip stitch

V-stitch = (1 dc, ch 2, 1 dc). In some of the rounds, the V-stitches have 3 chains in-between the dc’s. The first V-stitch in a round has 3 chains which counts as a dc. Rounds are closed with a slip stitch in the 3rd chain of that beginning 3 ch. NB, some rounds are closed with a slip stitch into the first V.

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Dit is nogal ‘n uitdaging om ‘n patroon te skryf vir ‘n T-mat. In die tyd wat dit opgeneem het kon ek seker 5 sulke matte gehekel het! Elke bal en kleur verskil van tekstuur, rekbaarheid en breedte van die stroke. Dus werk ‘n patroon soms vir een breedte T en nie vir die volgende ene nie. Ek hoop hierdie ene werk vir julle. Ek het hom al met ‘n hele paar verskillende kleure en dikte T gehekel. Geniet dit! En vra maar as jy iets nie verstaan nie!

It is quite a challenge to write a pattern for a t-shirt yarn rug, because the strips in every ball of t-shirt yarn differs in width, elasticity, texture. I do hope this one works for you. I’ve crocheted a few rugs in different colours and fabric thickness with this pattern. Enjoy! Please do ask if anything is unclear to you.

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Brown version where you can see the different hook sizes. The brown T was a bit thicker than the pink T I used in the tut, but worked fabulous! (57 cm)

 

and a grey one!  (62cm)

and a grey one! (62cm)

 

and a red one!

and a red one! (57cm)

 

 

 

Ek stuur gewoonlik my patroon so bladsy vir bladsy vir my suster se dogter, Anne-Marie om dit oor te gaan vir tik, spel of hekelfoute. Baaaaie Baaaaie dankie Anne-Marie. Die arme vrou word soms tot saans laat gebombardeer met eposse en bbm’s. En sy het sommer so saam met die check van die patroonbladsye vinnig haar eie rooi weergawe gehekel!

Whenever I write a new photo tut, I send the pages to my sister’s daughter, Anne-Marie. She checks them for spelling and/or crochet mistakes. The poor woman gets bombarded with late night emails and text messages! Thank you so much for your input and patience Anne-Marie! And whilst checking the pages, she started her own red doily rug.

 

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Volgende patrone op die lys:

Die hart. Bwhahaha! Hy sal seker eers met volgende jaar se Valentyns reg wees!

Die blou mandala. Ek het rondte vir rondte neergeskryf wat ek gedoen het. Sal ek hom gou môre aand opsit? Bwhahaha!

En dan die groot mandjie? Die aand daarna?

Next patterns on the list:

The heart. Bwhahaha! Maybe before Valentine’s next year!

The blue mandala. I wrote the pattern down as I went along. Shall I post that tomorrow night? Bwhahaha!

And after that, the large basket? The next evening?

 

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Ek koop my T-shirt wolle by https://www.facebook.com/50swolwinkel?ref=hl

I buy my T-shirt yarn from https://www.facebook.com/50swolwinkel?ref=hl